Who let the dogs out?
I was spending so much time on Catherine that I’ve fallen behind for the second week in a row. I thought summer would mean more time to watch anime and be a blob, but then I forgot I actually had friends who want to do stuff almost every day. You still love me, right? Or at least, you retain your sense of acknowledging my existence as that strange lady who blogs No.6. I’ll consider that a win, too. I’ll take what I can get.
This week on borderline BL theatre, we see how Shion’s mom is faring now that his son is missing. She feels a lot better once she receives that small, fortune cookie-sized letter from Nezumi confirming her son’s safety. Awww. However he’s not THAT safe, as the outskirts of No.6 are a nasty place where just walking through the city presents a lot of issues. Just by trying to follow Nezumi, he ends up being pulled into an alley and kissed by a prostitute. Nezumi saves the poor, oblivious boy from her by stunning her with an amazing kiss and then dragging away Shion.
Nezumi scolds Shion for walking around like a headless chicken and practically advertising himself as a newbie to these parts of town. A couple of pimps try to press Nezumi to pay for Shion’s, ahem, fees with the lovely lady back there; but as if they’d give in. Nezumi beats them up and then gives them the slip. Shion once again thanks Nezumi for being his savior.
They end up in some rich guy’s home in order to try and dig up more information. The man is a fan of Nezumi’s theatrical performances, where he goes by the name Eve. Kind of womanly, don’t you think? His admiration for Nezumi’s acting and love for Shion’s mother lead to him divulging a lot of information. He starts explaining how he gives No.6 tips on women who need to be “dealt with” with an evil grin. Outraged, Shion tries to strangle him. Nezumi manages to calm him down before he causes any more damage. On the way out, they see a photo of him along with Shion’s mom and a team of researchers…
In case that heterosexual kiss threw you off (HET PAIRINGS EXIST?!), No.6 didn’t forget to give you a nice scene in Nezumi’s library where he puts Shion’s hand on his chest. He can’t stand the other boy asking so many questions, because he knows it means they’ll end up getting too close. That’s only going to be a burden if Shion decides to side with No.6 in the end. After the mini confrontation, Nezumi receives a job from Inukashi…which he promptly dumps on Shion.
Shion didn’t believe someone so pretty could be a man. Until now.
Dog-washing duty. Not the most glamorous of jobs by a long shot, but Shion doesn’t seem to mind. He is equally affectionate towards all living things, which really throws Inukashi off. She’s so derailed by this ridiculous boy that she effortlessly begins telling him how she was abandoned and raised by dogs. She even tells him that Nezumi sings to dogs as they’re dying in order to carry away their spirits. Of course, the actual Nezumi appears and ruins everything by throwing around some insults and parading around with that cocky strut of his.
His cool attitude quickly turns sour when Shion starts exasperating him with the way he’s naming mice, like a true dorky airhead. His naming sense is kind of…off. Nezumi starts to yell at him, but then quickly suppresses himself when he sees Inukashi watching in awe. She’s never seen Nezumi actually show his real emotions to this extent. Once she recognizes Shion as the cause of this sudden soft spot, she concocts a plan.
“This one is Dark_Angel222 and this one is Super_Kawaii_Chan177717!” “…..”
While Nezumi is out doing his nightly brooding, Inukashi follows him with a pack of dogs. Nezumi is quickly surrounded. Finally, another chance for some Nezumi action! Nezumi does a lot of dodging and weaving until he gets to Inukashi. Once he’s got a knife to her neck, the dogs won’t do anything. It’s a smart move, but Inukashi is a step ahead. The tables turn when Shion runs towards them from the distance, obviously worried about why Nezumi wasn’t home in time to taste his special soup. Nezumi can’t kill in front of Shion or else he’ll be cast in a dark light. Inukashi breaks out of his hold, but calls it a day for now. She seems to have something else up her sleeve for later.
and then suddenly, Wolf’s Rain happened
Shion’s vision must really suck to have not seen Nezumi getting MAULED BY DOGS or anything of the sort. Or maybe he thought they were playing. Nonetheless, he innocently follows Nezumi home. On the way back, Shion admits that he can’t forget his mother…and yet he’s insistent that he stays here to make a living. Why? Because he’s so hot for Nezumi he could be the cause for global warming, that’s why. Nezumi just smirks and mentions something about improving Shion’s literacy. Perhaps he’ll let him see “Eve” perform a famous role?
The Appearance of Bulldog Bro:
Shion just isn’t drawn to that sort of thing, I suppose.
Shion almost got his 2nd unwanted kiss in the same day
Everyone is getting mad, but Bulldog Bro is just like “fawk this shit, ima sleep.”
Planning an assault? Bulldog Bro knows it’s best to wait at home where all the noms are.
Okay, I’m starting to see why this show could be scaring people away. The BL is continuing at a steady pace…moving from physical affection to almost directly confessing strong feelings for each other. For me, this is heaven. I never thought it odd that Nezumi snapped at Shion, but Inukashi pointed out something important. Nezumi isn’t one to wear his heart on his sleeve. He only yells at the damn boy so much because he’s so worried about his safety. Nezumi denies how deep his feelings for Shion are, but it’s pretty obvious by how many times he ends up playing the hero that it’s more than petty companionship.
I’m not sure what Inukashi really has to gain from killing Nezumi other than getting him back for an offhanded comment (and I’m sure he’s said worse things to her), but I hope she doesn’t make Nezumi question his relationship with Shion. But this anime so Shion’s POWUH OF FRUNDSHEEP will probably make Nezumi realize that it’s not a weakness, but a strength. For now, she’s probably going to be a real pain in the ass for the two of them, casting shadows of doubt at every opportunity. I really like Inukashi, so hopefully she doesn’t get TOO mean to our main duo. That would mean an episode without chest-groping, hugging, and talking about how attracted they are to each other! How would I survive!
While I loved learning a lot about Nezumi through his actions and even about Inukashi, Shion is a completely different story. He now suffers from airhead lead character-itis. I know he’s supposed to be naive and sweet, and that’s attractive to Nezumi because he sees him as pure. However, he was plain stupid a lot of the time, sticking his nose where it didn’t belong. He strangled a guy because he reported women to No.6 and insulted Nezumi…Doesn’t that sound like a dangerous person to just jump on while shrieking like a banshee? I know he’s sheltered, but he should at least try to realize he needs to change his actions if he wants to survive. His ideals will take time to change, but for Christ’s sake, don’t start asking what everything is like a tourist when you’re in the middle of a street. They’ll realize you’re a noob right away and then shank you.
Preview: Man, these endcards are PURTY. Inukashi tells Shion he will never understand Nezumi, which means yet another episode where Shion does his best to understand his aloof captor. Inukashi, just what are you planning?